Americas

Mexico’s Proposed Security Law Draws Strong Criticism

MEXICO CITY —  Mexican Senate committees on Wednesday approved a controversial security bill that human rights groups say risks granting excessive power to the armed forces in their already checkered role in combating organized crime in the country. The bill, which enjoys some cross-party support between conservatives and centrists, will …

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Hondurans Keep Up Pressure on Presidential Vote Review

Honduras has been on edge since its Nov. 26 presidential election, as yet undecided. On Sunday, thousands of supporters of opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla marched in Tegucigalpa, the capital city. They want the international community’s attention – and its sustained pressure for a fairly decided outcome – as incumbent President …

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Venezuela Opposition Heads Splintered Into Mayoral Elections

CARACAS —  Only a few residents came out to greet opposition candidate Yon Goicoechea as he campaigned on a narrow street in this poor hilltop neighborhood outside Venezuela’s capital in the countdown to Sunday’s mayoral elections. Goicoechea enthusiastically introduced himself and shook hands with a man, who then launched into …

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Ford to Test New Self-driving Vehicle Technology in 2018

DETROIT —  Ford Motor Co will begin testing its latest self-driving vehicle technology next year in at least one city but has not changed its plan to begin commercial production until 2021, the company said. The automaker said on Thursday that it would test self-driving prototypes in various pilot programs …

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Rebellious Police Add New Wrinkle to Disputed Honduran Vote

TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS —  Groups of police refused to enforce a government-ordered curfew designed to quell protests over a disputed vote count from Honduras’ November 26 presidential election, as the country’s political crisis deepened amid claims of fraud from President Juan Orlando Hernandez’s main challenger. Thousands of people left their homes …

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Venezuela to Launch Cryptocurrency to Fight U.S. Sanctions

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says his government will launch a cryptocurrency (digital currency) to circumvent what he called a financial “blockade” by the U.S. government. The new currency will be called the “petro,” the leftist leader said in his TV address Sunday, and will be backed by the socialist-run, OPEC …

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